coral reef

noun

Definition of coral reef

: a long line of coral that lies in warm, shallow water

Word by Word Definitions

coral play
  1. : the calcareous or horny skeletal deposit produced by anthozoan or rarely hydrozoan polyps

  2. : a polyp or polyp colony together with its membranes and skeleton

  3. : a piece of coral and especially of red coral

reef play
  1. : a part of a sail taken in or let out in regulating size

  2. : reduction in sail area by reefing

  1. : to reduce the area of (a sail) by rolling or folding a portion

  2. : to lower or bring inboard (a spar) wholly or partially

  3. : to reduce a sail by taking in a reef

  1. : a chain of rocks or coral or a ridge of sand at or near the surface of water — compare atoll, barrier reef

  2. : a hazardous obstruction

  3. : lode, vein


CORAL REEF Defined for Kids

coral reef

noun

Definition of coral reef for Students

: a reef composed of a large colony of corals including the stony skeletons of both living and dead corals

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